sources to omega 9

Omega-9 – the fatty acids your body makes itself

Omega-9 are monounsaturated fatty acids. Unlike omega-3 and omega-6, omega-9 fatty acids are not considered essential, as they can be synthesised in the body from unsaturated fat.

What is omega-9?

Omega-9 fatty acids are fatty acids stored in your body fat. Your body has a little omega-3, more omega-6 and lots of omega-9. Your fat cells make omega-9 fat from the fatty acids your body doesn’t consume as energy.

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What are food sources of omega-9?

You find Omega-9 fatty acids in olive oil, almond oil, walnuts, animal fat, fish and avocado. As omega-9 fatty acids can be produced in the body, and since we consume enough through a regular diet, you don’t need additional supplements of these fatty acids.

Some food sources of omega-9 are:

  • sunflower oil
  • argan oil
  • peanut oil
  • soya oil
  • corn oil
  • hazelnuts
  • pistachios
  • almonds
  • sesame seeds
  • pine nuts
  • peanuts
  • chia seeds
  • olives
  • cucumber
  • acai
  • macadamia nuts

Why is omega-9 good for you?

Substituting saturated fats with oild and fats containing unsaturated fatty acids such as omega-9, omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, helps to maintain a normal cholesterol level in your blood. As high cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of cardiovascular diseases, this is healthy eating for the health of your heart.

How to get enough omega-9

As your body produces the omega-9 fatty acids it needs and you consume enough through a regular diet, you don’t need additional supplements of omega-9.